A Beginner’s Guide to DSLR Cameras

A Beginner’s Guide to DSLR Cameras

Got a DSLR but overwhelmed by all of the features? Mei Horiuchi from reviews.com is here to explain some of the basics that will have you shooting like a pro in no time.

Not sure what DSLR you should buy? This guide outlines some important features to consider when shopping for and shooting with your first DSLR.

Photo Of Mailbox with landscape background

These are six common modes you can expect to find on your new camera:

1. Auto mode:

The camera takes control of every setting. This is a great place to start practicing as you familiarize yourself with your camera.

2. Program mode (P):

The camera will set the optimum aperture and shutter speed. If you manually adjust one, the camera will automatically adjust the other to keep the exposure balanced.

3. Aperture priority (A or Av on Canon):

You control the aperture while the camera takes care of shutter speed.

4. Shutter priority (S or Tv on Canon):

The opposite of Av: You control shutter speed while the camera adjusts the aperture accordingly.

5. Manual mode:

this will give you full control of shutter speed, aperture, and ISO.

6. Scene modes:

These are preset settings based on what the manufacturer believes would be best for particular subjects. Common scene modes are portrait, landscape, and nighttime.

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Now that you understand the basics, try experimenting with different lenses to get the perfect shot! Here are five common types to consider:

1. Kit (standard) lens:

These versatile lenses often come standard with your DSLR and are great for budding photographers.

2. Prime lens:

These have a single focal length, meaning you’ll lose the ability to zoom. However, you’ll get extremely clear images and you’ll be forced to practice framing your shots!

3. Wide angle lens:

Great for landscapes, this lens will capture a scene with a wide viewing angle.

4. Telephoto or Superzoom:

You’ll be able to zoom. A lot.

5. Macro:

If you’re into close-up photography, try out one of these to capture flowers, insects, and more!

Macro image of wet grass

The biggest takeaway is to practice, practice, and practice some more! The more comfortable you are with your DSLR, the better your images will turn out.

Want more tips on DSLRs for beginners? Read more of Mei’s tips for new camera owners here.

Do you have a DSLR? Leave us a comment with your favorite tip.


  1. Thanks for cheering on the Bonocos! They need all the support they can get. Great tips for beginners, especially practice practice practice. Try new things also! Focusing on wildlife I always have my camera with me and always take time when I see something to discover what else maybe there. I also keep my camera in an aperture priority setting and work quickly from there as wildlife move quickly and you can miss the shot. Conifer, Colorado

  2. Excellent tips Jenna, Loved reading this!! I’m sharing it on Pinterest. Cheers

  3. The DSLR camera is used to take a photo of an object. There is various kind of features to take a good photo. So, when a beginner wants to take any photo, then he should take care of some features like auto mode, shutter priority, manual mode etc. He needs to use the perfect lens to take a perfect picture.

  4. In the most literal sense, a DSLR camera is a digital single-lens reflex camera. Inside the camera body is a mirror that reflects the light coming from the lens up into an optical viewfinder, by way of either a prism.
    Great Post thanx for sharing

  5. Excellent tips Jenna, Loved reading this. i was looking article on DSLR camera , in this article i foound many thing thats are new for me. So specially i thank you for writing nice informative stuff.

  6. I Loved you post ….

  7. Perfect guidelines for the be beginners. All things covered nicely which are important for a beginner. Carry on the great work. Thank You

  8. Nice information which you shared,keep sharing your view.

  9. Just don’t be astonished when (not if) the perfect lense costs more than the camera! But the difference in your photos is frequently amazing.

  10. Thanks admin for sharing this wonderful guide.

  11. It seems like your comment covers the most important tips in this article in just a paragraph! I’ve experienced a few hard drive failures before, one of which resulted in lost images, but not to such a degree as yours – I hope that you’ve gotten enough good images since then to make up for it several times over. Keep on having fun with photography, and thank you for the kind words; I’m glad you enjoyed this article and others.

  12. Nikon Z7 is amazing.must check this camera.amazing stuff you shared for us thanks

  13. Thanks for sharing wonderful tips.

  14. Comprehensive guidelines for beginners. Great Work !!

  15. In the most literal sense, a DSLR camera is a digital single-lens reflex camera. Inside the camera body is a mirror that reflects the light coming from the lens up into an optical viewfinder, by way of either a prism.

  16. I really like your writing skills keep posting.

  17. This guide is simple but very helpful and easy to remember for beginners. Thanks for sharing!


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